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14 Jun
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Drop in Centre at Menengai Social Hall for street kids to open

The Directorate of Social services will undertake to register street kids in the next two weeks so as to begin the process of their rehabilitation and the drop in center at the Menengai Social hall will be part of that very important process.

These were the remarks of the Gender, Culture, and Social services Chief Officer Madam Tumme Abduba during the celebrations to mark the International Day of the African Child. Governor Lee Kinyanjui has issued the directive which will offer a long lasting solution to the street children issue.
Those willing to go back to school will be helped by the County Government while those who want to go back home will be reunited by their families.

While taking into account the rights of these children, the Chief Officer noted that they will be treated in a dignified and professional way.
“The Boy child has faced numerous challenges in life and its high time parents, guardians, and policymakers looked into mechanisms of assisting them” She added

She also encouraged teachers to be good role models to the pupils as they hold a very important part in shaping their behavior.

Her sentiments were echoed by the Director Social services Mr.Josphat Kimemia who termed radicalization as one of the greatest challenge facing children. As part of the society, he reiterated the clarion call of responsible parenthood which will assist in taming it.
“We should not allow the dreams of the future generation to collapse. We must uphold the virtues that will shape the future generation into responsible beings.”

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13 Jun
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Governor Cautions Removal Of Import Duty On Imported Timber Will Hurt Economy

Nakuru Governor H.E Lee Kinyanjui has expressed disappointment over the decision by Finance CS Mr. Henry Rotich to reduce import duty on raw timber from 10% to zero.

He said the move will have an adverse effect on the local timber industry.

The Governor said raw timber industry in Njoro, Elburgon and Molo offer a lifeline for thousands of families and the logging ban imposed a year ago has already had a negative effect.

“With today’s development, our saw millers stand not to entirely benefit from the Affordable Housing Agenda pie as timber required will mainly come from other countries,” he said

The Governor said as much as it is important to address environmental matters, the national government should have come up with other friendly measures in the reforestation drive.

He appealed to H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta to look at other ways to address Climate Change matters and at the same time empower communities relying on the sector.

The Governor, however, lauded the budgetary allocation of Sh2 billion for the National Value Chain Support Programme in the agriculture sector.

He also praised the Sh3 billion set up for the Coffee Cherry Revolving Fund to implement prioritized reforms in the coffee sub-sector.

In the coming financial year, coffee farmers across the country will be able to access the Cherry Advance at a modest interest rate of 3 percent.

“We are aggressively spearheading the avocado, macadamia and coffee and other cash crop farming for economic empowerment,” he added

The newly formed Biashara Fund, he noted, will ensure that youth, women and PLWDs access funds with ease.

The Governor welcomed the award of the Nairobi – Nakuru – Mau Summit Toll Road Project which is expected to commence soon and significantly reduce traffic on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

He also praised the CS for allocating a total of Sh1.1 billion for the development of textile and leather industrial park, Naivasha Industrial Park and Cotton Development subsidy.

He said the allocation of Sh1.7 billion to support the growth of SMEs in the manufacturing sector will create jobs for the youth.

“The prioritization of payment of Sh10.9 billion of the verified pending bills under Access to Government Procurement Opportunity will also improve liquidity to suppliers and contractors and thereby boost the economy,” he added

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